Muskie girls nab tie


The CC, in last night’s case, stood for clutch contributor.
Annalise (CC) Hayes netted her second goal of the game during a mad scramble in front with less than a second on the clock to salvage a 3-3 tie for the Muskie girls’ hockey team against the Shaftesbury Titans (Winnipeg).
It was Fort High’s opening game in Pool #1 of the eight-team girls’ division at the 2016 Husky Classic tournament hosted by the Sturgeon Heights Huskies.
“We picked it up in the third period and pressured them a lot,” noted Muskie head coach Todd Hamilton.
“We pulled out goalie and CC, as strong as she is, had a couple of defenders hanging off of her and was still able to put it in the net.”
Hayes opened the scoring in the first period with a bullet shot but the Titans scored twice in the second to take the lead.
Taylor Croswell tied it after a couple of rebound chances in front, with the veteran whacking the puck off the goalie and in.
The Titans then went up 3-2 in the third but couldn’t deny the Muskies in the end.
With veteran starter Syd Beck sidelined by the ’flu, Grade 9 rookie Kamryn Sandelovich put in a solid debut for the black-and-gold.
Fort High faced the Oak Park Raiders (Winnipeg) this afternoon, then will close pool play versus the Sioux Lookout Warriors tomorrow morning.
The top two teams from each pool will advance to the championship playoff bracket, with the tournament wrapping up Sunday.
As for the Muskie boys, the defending OFSAA ‘AA’ champs begin today play in the 16-team boys’ division.
Joining Fort High in Pool #1 are the Steinbach Sabres, the Garden City Fighting Gophers (Winkler), and the Vincent Massey Trojans (Winnipeg).
The Muskies face Steinbach in their opening game today.